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Deputy Sheriff Sample J. Toms | Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

Deputy Sheriff

Sample J. Toms

Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 28, 1928

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sample Toms was shot and killed while attempting to arrest several men for bootlegging.

The men opened fire on Deputy Toms, killing him instantly. One of the suspects was also killed in the shootout. Three others escaped but were later apprehended. All three were subsequently convicted of manslaughter.

Deputy Sample had served with the Bienville Parish Sheriff's Office for only two months. He was survived by his wife.

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Deputy Sheriff Toms,
On today, the 89th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Bienville Parish.


United States Border Patrol
February 28, 2017


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